Construction starts on Spanish Navy’s first F-110 frigate

Spanish shipbuilding company Navantia has held a steel-cutting ceremony for the Spanish Navy’s first F-110 frigate.

The ceremony took place today at Navantia’s facility in Ferrol. F-110 frigates will measure 145 meters in length and displace 6,100 tons. They will be equipped with a 5-inch main gun, Harpoon missiles, torpedo launchers, two 30mm guns and a 16-cell vertical launch system (VLS).

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Damen Marine Components (DMC) has been contracted for a series of rudders and steering gear systems that will be installed onboard five Spanish Navy vessels.

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In 2019, the Spanish government approved EUR 4.3 billion of funds for the construction of five new F-110 frigates for the Spanish Navy.

The delivery of the first vessel is scheduled for February 2027. The new vessels will be replacing the Spanish Navy’s Santa Maria-class frigates which have been in service since 1986.

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